Monday, June 4, 2012

The Spaceship Has Landed

One of my favorite things at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is that in the nice weather they have these amazing sculptures in the roof garden. This year the artwork is called: "Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City." It is as if a spaceship has landed, and it is an amazing structure. The cool thing is that you can go up inside it via stairs, and walk through these modular structures that are connected together. Some have clear Plexiglass floor panels which is really disconcerting, and mind-bending, and fun. The only disappointing thing was that I was not allowed to use my camera when up in the structure. I put the wrist strap on, but I think they are afraid people would drop their cameras and cellphones from a great height. Please click on this image to see a larger version, and more detail.


Anonymous said...

What fascinates me about sculptures such as these is the sheer size. What kind of equipment do you need to create something like this? I'll never get to see this in person, but it reminds me of a giant cluster of bubbles, like the tiny ones that form when you're using liquid soap. Thanks for sharing this sculpture. If not for seeing it here, I would have missed it altogether. Actually, that goes for most of your posts, including the wonderful desert scenes and other places of interest where you travel.

Ken Spencer said...

Thank you so much for your comments. This sculpture is a modular structure. Apparently it came in many parts - you can sort of see each of the geometric pieces, sort of like balls, but with flat sides. They apparently bolted the whole thing together, and THEN they welded it together just to be sure it was solid. And you can see guy wires from the top, fastened to the building, I guess so the whole thing wouldn't blow of the roof!